THE 28 PRINCIPLES THIS GREAT NATION WAS FOUNDED ON --From "The 2000 Year Leap" by Dr. W. Cleon Skousen
1st Principle - The only reliable basis for sound
government and just human relations is Natural Law.
2nd Principle - A free people cannot survive under a
republican constitution unless they remain virtuous and
3rd Principle - The most promising method of securing a
virtuous and morally stable people is to elect virtuous
4th Principle - Without religion the government of a free
people cannot be maintained.
5th Principle - All things were created by God, therefore
upon Him all mankind are equally dependent, and to Him
they are equally responsible.
6th Principle - All men are created equal.
7th Principle - The proper role of government is to
protect equal rights, not provide equal things.
8th Principle - Men are endowed by their Creator with
certain unalienable rights.
9th Principle - To protect man's rights, God has revealed
certain principles of divine law.
10th Principle - The God-given right to govern is vested
in the sovereign authority of the whole people.
11th Principle - The majority of the people may alter or
abolish a government which has become tyrannical.
12th Principle - The United States of America shall be a
13th Principle - A constitution should be structured to
permanently protect the people from the human frailties
of their rulers.
14th Principle - Life and liberty are secure only so long
as the right to property is secure.
15th Principle - The highest level of prosperity occurs
when there is a free-market economy and a minimum of
16th Principle - The government should be separated into
three branches -- legislative, executive, and judicial.
17th Principle - A system of checks and balances should
be adopted to prevent the abuse of power.
18th Principle - The unalienable rights of the people are
most likely to be preserved if the principles of
government are set forth in a written constitution.
19th Principle - Only limited and carefully defined
powers should be delegated to government, all others
being retained in the people.
20th Principle - Efficiency and dispatch require
government to operate according to the will of the
majority, but constitutional provisions must be made to
protect the rights of the minority.
21st Principle - Strong local self-government is the
keystone to preserving human freedom.
22nd Principle - A free people should be governed by law
and not by the whims of men.
23rd Principle - A free society cannot survive as a
republic without a broad program of general education.
24th Principle - A free people will not survive unless
they stay strong.
25th Principle - "Peace, commerce, and honest friendship
with all nations -- entangling alliances with none."
26th Principle - The core unit which determines the
strength of any society is the family; therefore, the
government should foster and protect its integrity.
27th Principle - The burden of debt is as destructive to
freedom as subjugation by conquest.
28th Principle - The United States has a manifest destiny
to be an example and a blessing to the entire human race.